The 99-Year-Old Life Lessons


Some of the greatest advice I ever received was from my father… But over the years, I’ve also collected some of the most interesting articles that celebrate life, and offer life lessons.

I offered this article from 90-year-old Regina Brett for the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio. It’s still one of my favorites to read. “To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.  My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more,” she noted.

I also offered this one from David Rockefeller – the world’s oldest billionaire – who shared his 25 life lessons at the age of 100. I must have read this Forbes article twice over the last couple of days…

Today, I just found this gem from a 99-year-old grandfather, Andy Anderson.

Here’s what he shared here.

Some of my favorites include:

  • Always maintain a good sense of humor.
  • Never be too good to start at the bottom.
  • Don't spend more money than you make.
  • Having a bad job is better than having no job at all.
  • Eat around the mold; don't go wasting food.
  • Your family is the most precious thing you will ever have in life.
  • Don't ever be afraid to be your true self.
  • You must be able to forgive, even if it's difficult to do.
  • Find something comical in every single situation.
  • If you're faced with a problem, don't delay trying to figure it out. But if there's no way to figure it out, you have to forget about it.
  • Explore your world and stay curious.
  • Try not to take yourself so seriously.
  • Have common sense. Think about the most reasonable answer to every situation. If you don't have common sense, you're a bust.

That last one is so very true.